John J. Powers SNYDERS LAKE – John J. Powers, age 78, beloved husband of Sally D. Allie Powers, died on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at the Hillcrest Commons Nursing Home in Pittsfield, MA. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late John and Nina Gregware Powers. He attended Troy schools and lived in early life in the Ida Hill neighborhood of Troy. Mr. Powers worked as both a diesel engine mechanic and truck driver. He worked for RJ Bottling in Cohoes, Leroy Holding Co. in North Albany and Thruway Beverage in Schodack. He was a communicant of St. Jude the Apostle Church in Wynantskill, a member and past president of the North Greenbush Kiwanis Club, a member of the Colonie Elks and the Emerald Club in Troy. He had served in the NY National Guard. John took a clownology course and was known by the clown name “Just Pepper.” He enjoyed celebrating Troy's Victorian Stroll, dressing in top hat and formal dress wear. He also enjoyed playing cards with his buddies on Friday nights. John was a doll collector, loved flowers and was an advocate shopper. In addition to his wife, John is survived by his children, Patti Butts of Stephentown, John (Kathy) Butts of Snyders Lake, Della (Dan) O'Brien of Gansevoort, John Powers of Florida, Jerry Powers of Cohoes, James (Diane) Powers of Rochester, Thomas Powers of South Carolina, Timothy (Tracey) Powers of Cairo, NY, Jeff Powers of Averill Park and Jason (Tammy) Powers of Brunswick. John was predeceased by a son, Norman M. Moxon. He is also survived by a brother, Thomas (Mary Jane) Powers of Troy, 19 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be from Thomas S. Connolly Funeral Home, 294 Whiteview Rd., Wynantskill on Saturday at 8:45 A.M and at 9:30 A.M. from St. Jude the Apostle Church, Wynantskill were a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Anthony Ligato, pastor. Burial will follow in New Rural Cemetery, East Greenbush. Calling hours will be at the funeral home Today from 4 to 7 P.M. Donations to St. Jude the Apostle Church Memorial Fund, 43 Brookside Ave., Wynantskill, NY 12198 in memory of John would be appreciated.